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What you missed this week in cruise culinary news: vegan cuisine and non-alcoholic beverages.

Foodies beware: this week saw the announcement of new food and beverage offerings from several cruise lines.

Windstar Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line both offered new vegan and alcohol-free menu items, while Crystal, formerly known as Crystal Cruises, announced the return of a guest favourite restaurant.

The most recent cruise food news is summarised below.

Back by popular demand, UMI UMA by Nobu

The line said Wednesday that UMI UMA by Nobu Matsuhisa Restaurant and Sushi Bar will return when Crystal relaunches this summer.

Famous chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa’s creations are served at the specialised restaurant, which is known for its Wagyu beef fillet steak and Nobu-style black fish. Onboard the line’s Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony ships, the restaurant will be accessible.

“When the new Crystal sets sail, it wouldn’t be Crystal without having one of the most well-known restaurants, UMI UMA, back onboard,” said Bernie Leypold, the line’s senior vice president of hotel operations, in a news release.

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Windstar Cruises unveils a vegan cuisine

This summer, Windstar will roll out a new vegan cuisine across the board, the airline announced on Tuesday. According to a news release, the menu was developed in collaboration with the National Health Association, and all food will be “made without added salt, oil, or sugar” and be gluten-free.

The line has begun teaching its culinary staff how to prepare the dishes in preparation for launching the programme on its boats in June.

According to the National Health Association, vegetarian and vegan diets are not necessarily healthy. Also, meals need to be prepared with the least amount of processing possible, according to Peter Tobler, head of hotel operations for Windstar. “Our customers are demanding more whole-food, plant-based meals, so we’re thrilled to partner with the NHA to provide them with something that’s both wholesome and delectable.”

The menu includes tahini brownies with strawberries, penne rigate pasta with veggies and espelette pepper sauce, and baked cauliflower croquettes with salsa verde and sautéed spinach. The company stated in the release that its current omnivore menu items and vegetarian selections would be offered as usual.

Carnival introduces fresh non-alcoholic beverages

At its Alchemy Bar, Carnival is now serving non-alcoholic versions of some of its customers’ favourite drinks, the cruise operator announced on Tuesday. The cocktails are produced with Lyre’s non-alcoholic spirits.

The best options at sea for guests who prefer non-alcoholic cocktails are now available thanks to our new partnership with Lyre’s, according to Zachary Sulkes, senior director of beverage operations at Carnival.

In place of dark and coconut rum, passengers can request drinks like The Perfect Storm, which is created with strawberry puree, lime, rosemary, and Lyre’s Dry London, or The Remedy, which is made with orange juice, lime juice, pineapple, and Lyre’s Spiced Cane and White Cane spirits.

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